40 young strings and wind players from 6 counties tune up for Tuned In!
This May bank holiday weekend will see the return of Tuned In!, a Music Generation Sligo Masterclass and Performance Programme at The Model, in partnership with Sligo International Chamber Music Festival. This youth strand of the festival will offer young string and wind players and their tutors an opportunity to engage in a dynamic, intensive chamber music experience, specially-curated by senior conductor and brass and wind musician, Professor James Cavanagh (Royal Irish Academy of Music).
This year 40 young musicians ages 12 - 17 from 6 counties in Ireland will take part in the event, including groups from Louth, Carlow, Offaly/Westmeath, Sligo and Donegal. Many of the participants are involved in various youth orchestras and ensembles in their local areas, including Music Generation Louth Senior Strings, Sligo Academy of Music Sinfonietta, Donegal Youth Orchestra, the Irish Midlands Youth Orchestra and the Irish Youth Wind Ensemble. 6 tutors from the local areas will also travel to Sligo to participate and guide the young ensembles over three days, from Friday 28 April – Monday 1 May, 2017.
Tuned In! will combine masterclasses and performances as participants deepen their understanding of music and improve their playing within the nurturing environment of the Festival. Students and tutors will have the chance to work with internationally-acclaimed ensemble-in-residence, The Vogler Quartet, and other festival musicians on selected repertoire. They will also network and attend Tuned In! festival concerts with other young musicians and ensembles.
On Sunday, 30 April the young and festival ensembles will perform live for the public at a special Concert in The Model. Tickets, costing €5, are available for sale now at sligochambermusic.ie or by phoning +353 71 916 1518.
Tuned In! is funded by Music Generation as a National Partnership Project, in association with Music Generation Sligo. Sligo International Chamber Music Festival is produced by Sligo County Council Arts Office and Music Generation Sligo, funded by Sligo County Council, the Arts Council and Music Generation Sligo.
About the Sligo International Chamber Music Festival
Established in 2000 at St Columba’s Church, Drumcliffe, Sligo International Chamber Music Festival has become one of Ireland’s leading international chamber music festivals and is now a highlight in the annual calendar of music events. Some of the musicians and special guests performing as part of the 2017 festival include Hugh Tinney (piano), IB Hausmann (clarinet), Amatis Piano Trio, clair-obscur Saxophone Trio and Cassiopeia Winds.
In addition, this year’s festival will feature the world premiere of Gerald Barry’s ‘Midday’, written in 2016 in response to a co-commission by RTÉ and Sligo County Council to be performed by The Vogler Quartet and RTÉ Contempo Quartet. Performances and masterclasses throughout the festival programme will take place in Drumcliffe Church and The Model, Sligo.
For further information about this and other initiatives at Music Generation Sligo contact:
Rhona McGrath, Coordinator / Emma Smith, Administrator
Music Generation Sligo, Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim Education and Training Board, Quay Street, Sligo
t: 071 9138306